Andrew Jackson’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, was born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaws region of North and South Carolina, southwest of the Uwharrie Mountains.
His parents were Scots-Irish colonists Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, Presbyterians who had emigrated from Ireland two years earlier.
Jackson’s father died in a logging accident in February 1767, at the age of 29, three weeks before his son Andrew was born.
He was the first U.S. President who was not born into a rich family. Jackson was not a wealthy man and did not have a college education.
As a boy Andrew Jackson was a messenger for the Continental Army. He was taken prisoner by the British during the American Revolution, when he was thirteen-years-old. He had refused to polish the boots of a British officer.
Jackson’s service in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom was conspicuous for bravery and success. When British forces threatened New Orleans, Jackson took command of the defenses, including militia from several western states and territories.
He was a strict officer but was popular with his troops. They said Jackson was „tough as old hickory” wood on the battlefield, and he acquired the nickname of „Old Hickory”.
Jackson negotiated the sale of land in Western Tennessee from the Chickasaw Nation in 1818 (termed the Jackson Purchase). He was one of the three original investors who founded Memphis, Tennessee in 1819.
Andrew Jackson had a tomahawk tattoo on his thigh.